Little Bunny was born May 24, 2018 in a puppy mill in Montana and later purchased by an individual in Georgia. That individual just released her into our care this week due to her medical issues that they felt they can no longer manage.
As you can see from the overhead photo, Bunny has some obvious “irregularities” - she has a quirky gait, crooked spine, and head tilt and we understand that for the past 6 months she has been on daily pain medication. We decided to transport her over to Birmingham, Alabama and yesterday she was evaluated by our veterinarian at Caldwell Mill Animal Clinic. It is believed that she has a luxated scapula and cervical spine damage, indicative of trauma 💔
We ran off full labwork - bloodwork, fecal, and urine, and are awaiting those results. If all looks well, she will undergo her spay surgery and hernia repair Monday and radiographs will be taken while she is under anesthesia and sent off to our wonderful orthopedic surgeon to review. We will be sure to keep you posted when we know more 💜
Little Bunny 🐰 underwent an MRI and spinal tap at Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. The MRI revealed COMS/SM (caudal occipital malformation syndrome / syringomyelia). While these neurological conditions are rare in most breeds, they are widespread in Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.
It was also determined today that her orthopedic issues (cervical spine and scapula) are unrelated to her neurological issues. She has already met with our orthopedic surgeon regarding her orthopedic issues and there is nothing to “correct”. She has compensated very well for her scoliosis and luxated scapula and does not show any signs of pain or discomfort upon palpation or with activity.
As for the COMS/SM, every Cavalier diagnosed with these disorders is effected differently. While it is considered a progressive disease, some dogs only show very little progression while others have such severe symptoms that really impact their quality of life. Most dogs do respond well to medications to help to manage their symptoms and pain, although a careful balance and constant adjusting of medications is often needed. Bunny will now start medications to help with symptom management.
We will have a formal and full report back from Auburn over the next couple days which we will be sure to share. Auburn took wonderful care of her and as you can imagine she was quite popular with the medical care staff. Sweet little Bunny is now back in her foster home in Birmingham resting and recovering 💜 Of course in working with so many Cavaliers, sadly we are quite experienced COMS/SM and she couldn’t be in better hands.